M.Sc. On Campus


University of Wisconsin Madison

24 months
25548 USD/year
25548 USD/year
12220 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Agroecology M.S. program at University of Wisconsin Madison trains students to research and analyze agricultural systems within a broader environmental and socioeconomic context. Key to this endeavor is interdisciplinary expertise, which the agroecology program achieves through working with affiliated faculty members from nearly 20 departments across campus.


A typical cohort consists of 8–12 incoming students with diverse backgrounds and undergraduate majors. Agroecology M.S. students at the University of Wisconsin Madison work with faculty on focused projects across a wide range of the traditional departments of the academy. Our core curriculum brings together these students for a multidisciplinary, agroecological analysis of agricultural systems in a broadened context. The cluster concept is an innovation of the University of Wisconsin in which a core group of faculty is hired into an interdisciplinary area, but have tenure homes in traditional departments.

The public practice track trains facilitators to enable broader discussion and negotiation at the interfaces of agriculture and other sectors of society. The goal of this "action-in-society" track is to train analysts to increase understanding about the roles of agricultural systems in multi-functional landscapes, and the public policy that shapes these roles.

The research track addresses the need for continued research and scholarship in order that discussions and negotiations are well informed. Students will have the opportunity to obtain experience in the scholarship of original research, culminating in the writing of a thesis.

Learning outcomes

  • Analyze tradeoffs of different agricultural systems embedded within the greater complexity of socio-ecological systems.
  • Consider and synthesize concepts of systems, ecology, and public process.
  • Learn to engage in careful consideration of the social, economic, and environmental outcomes of different industrial and biological processes.
  • Understand the potential of inclusive participatory processes in research and analysis of agroecological systems.
  • Recognize and apply principles of ethical and professional conduct in their coursework, research, and communications in the field of agroecology.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Managed Grazing Field Study
  • The Farm as Socio-environmental Endeavor
  • The Multifunctionality of Agriculture
  • Agroecosystems and Global Change
  • Agroecology Field Study
  • Modeling and Analysis of Environmental Systems
  • Grassland Ecology
  • Environmental and Alternative Dispute Resolution in Planning

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


34 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online application and application fee
  • International applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two official copies of  transcripts for all undergraduate work (and graduate, if relevant)

Tuition Fee

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    25548 USD/year
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    25548 USD/year
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  • In-State

    12220 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 12220 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Madison

1015 - 1752 USD /month
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